What Is Swim 21?

Swim 21 is the ASA’s Club Development model – a planning tool, based on the principles of Long Term Athlete Development, enabling clubs to help athletes, teachers, coaches and administrators to achieve their full potential. It focuses particularly on the needs of athletes – striving to provide them with the best possible support and environment.

Awim21 accreditation is the ASA’s recognised kitemark for the development of effective, ethical and sustainable affiliated clubs. Swim21 is about creating the best possible swimming experience for all and raising the quality of aquatics provision across all areas.

Swim21 club also offers national recognition that clubs are providing a quality service for all members, which is recognised by Sport England i.e. all clubs gaining ASA accreditation will automatically receive Clubmark status. Clubmark is widely recognised by potential funders, schools and other partners that can assist with club growth and development.

In May 2013, swim21 changed to a three module system for recognising quality in aquatic clubs:-

*swim21 club Essential is a key module which will support clubs to grow membership, develop volunteers and ensure the sustainability of activity in line with the objectives of the club. * NASC currently holds this accreditation module.

swim21 club Network is the second of the three modules to be launched. The aim is to quality assure clubs who work collaboratively to deliver the athlete pathway in their area, and ensure that athletes meet their potential and are retained in the sport.  It will assist in identifying gaps in provision and opportunities available for clubs to increase and sustain membership.

swim21 Performance Environment provides a benchmark for clubs coaching high level athletes across all four disciplines (Swimming, Diving, Waterpolo and Synchro).  It is awarded to those clubs who can demonstrate that the pathways, physical environment, coaching practices and support services are all in place for athletes to reach the pinnacle of their aquatic sport, and that the club has historical evidence, to illustrate athletes regularly achieve success through this performance programme.

For more details about Swim 21 please refer to British Swimming Swim 21

To download the NASC Swim 21 action plan click here.